The next luncheon of Lambda Alpha International’s Baltimore chapter will be on Wednesday, September 18 when Chris Ryer, Director of the Department of Planning for the City of Baltimore and LAI member, will give a presentation on Visions and Strategies for Community Development in Baltimore. As usual, the event will be at the University of Maryland Bio-Park at 801 West Baltimore Street from 12 – 1:30pm.
Chris Ryer began working in community development over 30 years ago as an intern at the Baltimore Planning Department. After ten years as a community planner with the Department, he moved to the non-profit sector where he worked for the Trust for Public Lands and a community based organization in southwest Baltimore. In 2002, he returned to the Baltimore Planning Department where he served as Chief of Comprehensive Planning and Deputy Director. After a short period at the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, he served as the Director of the Southeast Community Development Corporation for over ten years before returning to the Planning Department as Director in 2019.